The 50 Best Timbaland Beats

29. Ginuwine "So Anxious" (1999)

Album: 100% Ginuwine
Label: 550/Epic

"So Anxious", the arch bedroom jam in the middle of Ginuwine's second album 100% Ginuwine, turned Ginuwine's active thirsting for sex into radio gold. The lyrics are literally a series of dirty texts and answering machine messages detailing what he intends to do when she gets home. Gin's pleading vocal is adorned with methodically slow drums, a guitar and bass playing gospel-inspired chord progressions, a lonesome piano and the gentle sound of rain to make things sound extra desperate. Two thirds of the way through, the bridge hits, and Tim swaps out live instruments for a beatboxed breakdown that closes out the song. "So Anxious" telegraphs the stop-on-a-dime beat switch moves Tim would pull to more dramatic effect on Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience years later.

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